Degree Type: B.S.A.S.
CIP Code 24.0102
Major Code APS
Department Code DEA
Degree Website usfsm.edu/programs/applied-science/

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (B.S.A.S.) was developed under provisions from Florida legislation to recognize Associate in Science (A.S.) degree holders to pursue and acquire a bachelor’s degree. At USFSM, concentrations for the B.S.A.S. are available in CLASS, CHTL, and COB.  In CLASS, the B.S.A.S. degree can be pursued in Leadership Studies.

Mission

The curriculum for the B.S.A.S. degree concentration in Leadership Studies at USF Sarasota-Manatee provides students with a solid foundation in leadership theory and technique, applied both personally and professionally and understood from the perspective of the leader and the follower in diverse organizational contexts.

B.S.A.S. Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the significant facts, principles, concepts, and/or theories comprising their selected field of concentration.
  • In work appropriate to the following areas of concentration, students will be able to demonstrate the following functions of critical thinking: focus on the main idea, draw inferences, evaluate, analyze, and continue the progression of an idea.
  • In work appropriate to the following areas of concentration, students will be able to demonstrate the following functions of good writing: focused unity, coherent organization, relevant support, appropriate diction and syntax, correct grammar and mechanics for the discipline.

Leadership Studies Concentration (ALS)

Intended Learning Outcomes

The curriculum of the B.S.A.S. Leadership Studies Concentration develops the ability to do the following:

  1. Leadership: Apply theoretical concepts of leadership to personal and organizational situations.
  2. Ethics: Apply ethical principles to decision making and practice in a variety of leadership situations.
  3. Critical Thinking: Demonstrate critical thinking skills in the consideration of problems related to leadership.
  4. Communication: Present written arguments on issues related to leadership using citations to support ideas.
  5. Diversity: Express self-awareness and behaviors that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.
  6. Community Engagement: Actively engage in activities of personal or public concern that enrich the community and their leadership growth.

Policies

Students majoring in B.S.A.S. must meet all degree requirements of USFSM. The following policies also apply:

  • This degree program is available ONLY to A.S. graduates from Florida public institutions who have an overall “C” average (2.00) in all college-level courses accepted for transfer credit to USFSM.

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

There are no State-Mandated Common Prerequisites for this degree program.

Degree Requirements

Credits transferred in from completed A.S. degree

Requirements Credit Hours
General education 18
Lower-level credits from A.S. degree 42

Credits to be completed at USFSM

Requirements Credit Hours Notes
General education 18
Area of concentration 24-30 Three (3) credits of upper-level area of concentration may satisfy upper-level pillar requirement with approval from the college dean
Upper-level elective credits to meet degree requirements Variable
Upper-level requirements 9
Sequential foreign language courses if foreign language requirement is not fulfilled 8-10

Program of Study (8 courses, 24 credit hours)

Concentration Core  (6 courses, 18 credit hours)

Personal Systems Courses (2 courses, 6 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
LDR 3003 Introduction to Leadership Studies 3 None Should be taken first semester of the program
LDR 3263 Community Leadership Practicum 3 PR: LDR 2010 or LDR 3331 with a minimum grade of C- 6ACM, SMCC; Capstone course, should be taken last semester of the program.  For USFSM students, LDR 3003 can serve as equivalent to LDR 2010; See advisor

Organizational Systems Courses (2 courses, 6 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
LDR 3331 Leading in the Workplace 3 None
LDR 4104 Theories of Leadership 3 PR: LDR 2010 or LDR 3331 with a minimum grade of C- For USFSM students, LDR 3003 can serve as equivalent to LDR 2010; See advisor

Global Systems Courses (2 courses, 6 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
LDR 4114 Survey of Leadership Readings 3 None
LDR 4204 Ethics and Power in Leadership 3 None SMLE

Concentration Electives  Students should choose (2 courses, 6 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
BSC 4057 Environmental Issues 3 None SMCD
BUL 3320 Law and Business I 3 None
COM 3110 Communication for Business and the Professions 3 None
EDF 3802 The Dynamics of Unity 3 None SMLE
EDF 3604 Schools and Society 3 None SMCD
ENC 3250 Professional Writing 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
EVR 2861 Introduction to Environmental Policy 3 None
HFT 3603 Hospitality Industry Law and Leadership Ethics 3 None SMLE
MAN 3025 Principles of Management 3 None SMLE
POS 3697 Environmental Law 3 None
SOW 3210 The American Social Welfare System 3 None
SYD 3700 Racial and Ethnic Relations 3 None
POS 4614 Constitutional Law I 3 PR: POS 2041

Students can elect to take a maximum of two (2) of their leadership concentration courses at other USF System Institutions.

Upper-Level B.S.A.S. Electives (variable credit hours)

  • For optimal career preparation, students are encouraged to take more Leadership courses as their BSAS electives.
  • They can also elect to take courses in related fields, such as Social Work, Psychology, or Sociology.
  • If needed, foreign language courses will need to be taken as electives.

Upper-Level Pillar Courses (3 courses, 9 credit hours)